Seattle events calendar for July 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in July 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Patriotic music

July 1, 2015

0.5 miles south

Star-Spangled Spectacular features 18 of your favorite patriotic tunes at Benaroya Hall.

Midnight run

July 3, 2015

1 mile NW

Wear red, white, and blue for the patriotic Firecraker 5000 5K that starts at 11:40 p.m. at Seattle Center.

Traditional music

July 3 - 4, 2015

54 miles NW via ferry

Hear masters perform at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.

Wooden boat festival

July 3 - 5, 2015

1.5 miles north

Enjoy free boat rides, tours, live music, kids activites, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at Center for Wooden Boats. Free.

Schedule.

Lumberjack festival

July 3 - 5, 2015

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Old Mill Days Americana has a lumberjack show, ice sculpting, chainsaw carving, music, beer garden Fri. & Sat., and fireworks 10:15 p.m. Sat. in Port Gamble.

Welcome new Americans

July 4, 2015

1 mile NW

Watch 500 people from 80 countries become Americans at the emotional naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Band plays at 11 a.m. Ceremony and speeches at 12 p.m. Free.

Fireworks

July 4, 2015

Many of these are all-day events.

  • Bellevue - Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.
  • Edmonds - Civic Stadium 10 p.m.
  • Everett - Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.
  • Federal Way - Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Kent - Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.
  • Kirkland - Marina Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Lakewood - Joint Base Lewis-McChord 10 p.m.
  • Newcastle - Lake Boren Park 10 p.m.
  • Renton - Coulon Park 10 p.m.
  • SeaTac - Angle Lake Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Seattle - Gas Works Park 10:20 p.m. (see below)
  • Tacoma - Ruston Way 10:10 p.m. (see below)

Fourth of July - Seattle

July 4, 2015

4 miles north

The Seafair Summer Fourth opens at noon in Gas Works Park and 3 p.m. in South Lake Union Park with family activities, entertainment, food vendors, and beverage garden. Fireworks start at 10:20 p.m. Bring no alcohol, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets. Free.

Fourth of July - Bainbridge

July 4, 2015

11 miles west via ferry

Take the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot to the Grand Old Fourth of July for a pancake breakfast, car show, foot race, street fair, beer/wine garden, activities for kids, parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks at 10:20 p.m.

Fourth of July - Tacoma

July 4, 2015

36 miles south

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features six music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and big fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. Donation requested.

Music on a farm

July 4 - Sept. 13, 2015 (weekends from June 27)

42 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class concerts on the lawn or in the barn at the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene.

Airplanes, cars, motorcycles

July 5, 2015

42 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is airplanes, flyovers, a car show, race cars, motorcycles, and a beer garden at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Penguins at the symphony

July 8, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Watch March of the Penguins onscreen as Seattle Symphony plays the score, led by Jeffrey Schindler, who conducted the original recording of the film’s score, at Benaroya Hall.

Chamber music

July 8 - Aug. 1, 2015

0.5 miles south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. Repeats in Feb.

Discount tickets $24.

Tennessee Williams' play

July 8 - Aug. 2, 2015

1 mile east

Orpheus Descending is a Southern riff on Greek mythology about a small town disrupted by an outsider, at 12th Avenue Arts.

Discount tickets $27.

Music and wine

July 9, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 mile west

Sip wine with snacks, and then dance to live music at Wine Rocks on Pier 66, Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Air show & car show

July 9 - 11, 2015

43 miles north

See 1,000 home-built, classic, vintage, and military airplanes with live music, a beer garden, and kids’ area at Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Cruise & salmon bake

July 9 - Aug. 11, 2015

0.7 miles SW

Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Cruise includes a 45-minute boat ride to Blake Island, a salmon buffet, and Indian dancing. Departs from near the aquarium due to construction. Discount adult tickets $62.

Dinner show at Teatro ZinZanni

July 9 - Sept. 13, 2015

1.6 miles NW

Return of Chaos is an aerial and acrobatic cirque show performed around you as you enjoy a full five-course dinner, at Teatro ZinZanni north of Seattle Center. Discount tickets $80 + tax + tip.

Tango festival

July 9 - 13, 2015

multiple locations

The five-day Tango Magic festival includes classes from beginning to advanced, plus milongas (dances).

All-American musical

July 9 - Aug. 2, 2015

0.3 miles SE

Take a rollicking trip back to the 1950s when high school kids are learning to be cool in Grease at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Discount tickets $35 to $88.

Concerts downtown

July 9 - Sept. 4, 2015 (12 to 1:30 p.m.)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music outdoors in various locations at Out to Lunch Concert Series.

Dance performance

July 10 - 11, 2015

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents the annual multi-cultural DANCE This at The Moore Theatre.

Discount tickets $10.

Electronic music festival

July 10 - 11, 2015 (7 p.m.)

5 miles south

Debacle Fest showcases electronic, drone, noise, techno, improvised, metal, and synth musicians at Columbia City Theater.

Redmond Derby Days

July 10 - 11, 2015

15 miles NE

Redmond Derby Days has both a kids’ parade and grand parade, art fair, bicycle race, 5K, carnival, beer & wine garden, and fireworks at Redmond City Hall Campus. See schedule. Free.

Beer festival

July 10 - 12, 2015

1 mile NW

Choose from 220 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

West Seattle festival

July 10 - 12, 2015

6 miles SW

West Seattle Summer Fest is a neighborhood street fair of arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids’ play area. Free.

Redmond art fair

July 10 - 12, 2015

15 miles NE

Redmond Arts Festival has 70 artists, food trucks, live music, and performances at Redmond Town Center.

Short plays in Edmonds

July 10 - 12, 2015

17 miles north

See a variety of 15-minute shows and vote for your favorite at Festival of Shorts at Driftwood Players.

Discount tickets $11.

Kent family festival

July 10 - 12, 2015 (carnival July 9+)

20 miles south

Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food, entertainment, dragon boat races & skateboard tournament Sat., and parade 2 p.m. Sun. Free.

Garden walks

July 10 - 19, 2015

multiple locations

Thomas Train ride

July 10-12 and 17-19, 2015

29 miles east

Day Out With Thomas includes a 25-minute train ride, stories and videos, and crafts for kids at Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie.
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Basketball

July 10 & 21, 2015

1 mile NW

Watch the women of Seattle Storm play a game with heart & soul in KeyArena.

Discount tickets $8 to $24.

Mind-bending play

July 10 - 25, 2015

1 mile east

Actors interact with the “real” characters they portray in Six Characters in Search of an Author, a play within a play at Seattle Central Community College.

Discount tickets $13.

West Side Story

July 10 - Aug. 2, 2015

38 miles south

See the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, with catchy songs like “America” and “Maria” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $15.

Polish Festival

July 11, 2015

1 mile NW

Polish Festival offers Polish music, dance, beer, food, crafts, and workshops at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Wallingford family day

July 11, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

4 miles north

Wallingford Family Parade & Festival starts at 11 a.m. with a neighborhood parade on N. 45th Street, and continues at noon with craft vendors, food, beer, wine, kids’ activities, and music.

Milk Carton Derby

July 11, 2015 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

5 miles north

See 100 boats made of milk cartons compete for speed and style prizes at the Seafair Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake. Free.

Dragon festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown International District Dragon Fest is a street fair of Japanese drumming, Chinese martial arts, Filipino and Indian dancing, American jazz, and $2 Asian cuisine in the International District. Free.

Outdoor plays

July 11 - 12, 2015

2 miles NE

Watch Shakespeare, family plays, and comic theater at Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival on the lawns and in the amphitheater at Volunteer Park. Free.

Queen Anne festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

2.5 miles NW

Queen Anne Days: Saturday has a fun run, art walk, beer/wine/cider garden, car show, and 1:30 p.m. dog parade. Sunday has kids’ music, 11 a.m. kids’ parade, carnival games, and crafts. Food both days. Free.

Bicycle to Portland

July 11 - 12, 2015 (sold out)

4 miles NE

The non-competitive 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is one of America’s best. The 10,000 tickets sell out early. Starts north of Husky Stadium.

Ballard seafood festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

6 miles NW

Eat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the BeerFest at the Ballard SeafoodFest. You may even spot a Viking at this free Scandinavian event.

Wedgwood Art Festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

7 miles NE

The small Wedgwood Art Festival has local artists, music, food, 1:05 family shows, and fun at Our Lady of the Lake at 35th Ave. NE & NE 89th St. Free.

Concerts at the locks

July 11 - Sept. 7, 2015 (begins May 31)

6 miles NW

Ballard Locks has free 2 p.m. concerts on the lawn.

Tacoma art festival

July 12, 2015

38 miles south

Music and art lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave, which has live music, local-restaurant food, and art installations. Free.

Glass-school open house

July 12, 2015

53 miles north

Watch hot glass demonstrations by artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, buy glass art, and do glass activities at the Pilchuck Glass School Open House in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.

Zoo concerts

July 12 - Aug. 19, 2015 (begins June 19)

5 miles north

ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child 12 or under per adult.

One Direction

July 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.

1.2 miles south

English-Irish pop boy band One Direction performs at CenturyLink Field.

Discount tickets $29.

White Center Jubilee Days

July 15 - 19, 2015

9 miles south

White Center Jubilee Days has a carnival, fireworks on Wed., car show Sat., parade Sun., street fair and kids’ center on the weekend. Free.

Olympia summer festival

July 15 - 19, 2015

65 miles south

Lakefair at Capital Lake includes a carnival, food booths, entertainment, 3K and 8K runs Sat., a parade Sat. 5 p.m., and fireworks Sun. 10 p.m. Free.

Forest music festival

July 16 - 18, 2015

27 miles east

Timber Outdoor Music Festival has 30 performers, a 5K run/walk, children’s activities, and camping in forested Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. No dogs.

King County Fair

July 16 - 19, 2015

45 miles SE

The King County Fair offers food, music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, and a beer & wine garden at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Annual dance show

July 16 - 18 and 23 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Arc Dance performs its Summer Dance at the Center, including 3 premieres, at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Eastside concerts

July 16 - 30, 2015 (Thursdays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

15 miles NE

The Summer Concert Series features local bands and a beer garden at Redmond Town Center. Free.

Soccer

July 17, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Watch an exciting International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Club America at CenturyLink Field. Discount tickets $45 to $60.

Free music festival

July 17 - 18, 2015

171 miles east

Basin Summer Sounds is a family friendly multi-genre music festival outside the historic Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata. Free.

Bite of Seattle

July 17 - 19, 2015

1 mile NW

Buy tastes from 50 restaurants at the Bite of Seattle, which also has cooking demos, wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment. The Alley near Key Arena has a package of 7 gourmet tastes to support charity. Friday is least crowded. Free entry at Seattle Center.

Discount tickets to beer tasting $11.

Kirkland wine tasting

July 17 - 19, 2015

11 miles NE

Enjoy art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show at Kirkland Uncorked on the lakeshore at Marina Park.

Lavender festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

66 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Sequim Lavender Festival has lavender farm tours & a street fair with crafts, food, beer, wine, music. Free.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

75 miles NE

Hear great music outdoors, shop food vendors, and camp at Darrington Bluegrass Festival.

Bawdy short plays

July 17 - 25, 2015 (10 p.m.)

1 mile east

Watch six short and sexy plays chosen by Seattle Theatre Works during Seattle After Hours at Seattle Central Community College.

Discount tickets $8.

Phinney beer tasting

July 18, 2015 (4 to 7 p.m.)

5 miles north

Enjoy micro brews, pub food, and music outdoors at the Summer Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center. No kids or pets.

Burien block party

July 18, 2015 (12 to 10:30 p.m.)

12 miles south

Olde Burien Block Party features live music, beer gardens, and food vendors on SW 152nd St. Free.

Bremerton beer tasting

July 18, 2015 (12 to 6:30 p.m.)

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to Bremerton Summer BrewFest to sample beers from 30 Washington breweries, with live music and local food for ages 21+. No pet dogs.

Snoqualmie bike ride

July 18, 2015

30 miles east

Ride 25, 50, or 100 miles in beautiful Snoqualmie Valley with snacks and an after-party on the Tour de Peaks Bike Ride, which begins in North Bend.

Obstacle race

July 18, 2015

40 miles south

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.2 mile Warrior Dash for a medal, T-shirt, and after-party at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Sand castle competition

July 18, 2015

172 miles SW

Watch professional sand sculptors compete at Sandsations at the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach. Free.

Japanese festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

1.7 miles SE

Honor our ancestors at Bon Odori Festival with traditional dancing, Taiko drums, martial arts, and Japanese food & crafts at Seattle Buddhist Church.

Belly dance festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

6 miles SW

Watch belly dancing outdoors in Hiawatha Park and inside the community center, and visit food trucks and vendors at Mediterranean Fantasy Festival. Free.

Vashon strawberry festival

July 18 - 19, 2015 (also Fri. evening)

16 miles SW via Fauntleroy ferry

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has music, dance, a parade 11 a.m. Sat., carnival rides, a pancake breakfast, beer garden, and 200 vendors. Free.

Medieval village

July 18 - 19, 2015

27 miles east

Saint James Faire opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and lunch (dinner by reservation), at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Maritime festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

35 miles south

Celebrate Tacoma’s rich maritime history with music, tall ships, port tours (Sun. only), and food vendors at Tacoma Maritime Fest on Dock Street. Free.

Chinatown parade

July 19, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown Seafair Parade features lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and the Chinese Girls Drill Team in the international district. Route map.

Tacoma food truck festival

July 19, 2015

34 miles south

Food Truck Fest features 23 food trucks, music, and a beer garden at Wright Park in Tacoma. Free entry.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

July 23 - 25, 2015

45 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival has a “Sip and Stroll” on Thursday; winemaker dinners on Friday; and a Grand Tasting, classes, and after-party on Saturday.

Bike ride at night

July 24, 2015 (9 p.m.)

4 miles north

The 15-mile Seattle Night Ride starts at Gas Works Park, visits Myrtle Edwards Park, and ends in a party at Peddler Brewing with a food truck, beverages, and an outdoor screening of Tour de France. Minors OK.

Wine at the zoo

July 24, 2015

5 miles north

Bring a glass and ID to taste boutique wines from 30 wineries on the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo at Tasting Flight, which includes animal encounters and live music. VIP ticket includes glass and buffet.

All-male parody of 50 Shades

July 24 - 25, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Watch ribald comedy and ripped abs at the Western-themed revue 50 Bales of Hay parodying 50 Shades of Grey at the Triple Door.

Discount tickets $15.

Jazz in Port Townsend

July 24 - 25, 2015

54 miles NW via ferry

Jazz Port Townsend is held at Fort Worden State Park.

Capitol Hill rock concert

July 24 - 26, 2015

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music festival with 100 bands, DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

Bellevue art fair

July 24 - 26, 2015

11 miles east

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find the top artists in the covered parking garage, west side of Bellevue Square. Free.

Renton River Days

July 24 - 26, 2015

16 miles SE

Renton River Days features arts and crafts, a parade at 10 a.m. Sat., food vedors, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Liberty Park. Free.

Vintage car show

July 24 - 26, 2015

37 miles south

See 2,500 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Puyallup fairgrounds.

Dragon Boat Festival

July 25, 2015

1 mile north

Seattle Dragon Boat Festival has entertainment, kids’ activities, food, vendors, and exciting dragon boat races at South Lake Union Park. Free.

Torchlight parade

July 25, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill 4th Avenue during the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Attend the pre-parade FanFest at Seattle Center to see exhibits, view floats, and meet participants. Free.

Solar festival

July 25, 2015

11 miles north

Shoreline Community College hosts the Northwest SolarFest 2015, a renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see 60 exhibitors and vendors, plus electric vehicles. Free.

African show

July 25, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

12 miles north

Cultural Heritage is an evening of traditional dance, drumming, poetry, and live band music in Shoreline.

Alki Point art fair

July 25 - 26, 2015

6 miles SW

Alki Art Fair draws 10,000 visitors to browse arts and crafts, and to hear live music near the beach. Free.

Scottish festival

July 25 - 26, 2015 (also Fri. evening)

43 miles SE

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering is an athletic competition that also has colorful pipe bands, Scottish food and drink, and vendors, at the Expo Center in Enumclaw. No pets.

Mushroom festival

July 25 - 26, 2015

55 miles south

Enjoy mushroom hors d’oeuvres, cooking demos, a kids' zone, wine/beer tent, music, and a glowing 5K Fri. at Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, Lacey.

Filipino Festival

July 26, 2015

6 miles SE

Pista sa Nayon has food, entertainment, arts & crafts booths, and children’s games in Seward Park. Free.

Chocolate event

July 26, 2015

12 miles east

Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections from vendors at Seattle Chocolate Salon at Embassy Suites in Bellevue.

Classic car show

July 26, 2015 (party July 25)

15 miles NE

See 400 classic cars and motorcycles with a beer garden and music at Kirkland Classic Car Show. Free.

Kitsap County bike ride

July 26, 2015

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Take your bike on the Bremerton Ferry, and then cruise 10 to 100 rural miles in Tour de Kitsap. (If you prefer, you can start in Kingston or Silverdale.)

Welcome ships & sailors

July 29 - Aug. 2, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Wednesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Thursday to Sunday for ages 8 and older in flat-heeled shoes on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

Christian music

July 30 - Aug. 1, 2015

216 miles SE

Creation Festival Northwest offers live music, kids’ activities, and a worship tent in Kennewick.

Movies and beer

July 31, 2015

3.5 miles north

See short films and buy New Belgium beer at Clips Beer & Film Tour in Gas Works Park. Age 21+. Free.

African heritage festival

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015

2 miles east

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival has hip-hop music, a fashion expo, community speakers, vendors, and a Saturday parade to Judkins Park. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015

5 miles SE

Watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Cup. The free Boeing Air Show overhead includes the Blue Angels and Breitling Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.
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